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Coulee Dam, Washington
Activities

Coulee Dam is a great town to visit if you are looking for some serious outdoor recreation. Lake Roosevelt and Banks Lake are ideal for fishing and boating. There are trails conveniently located for hiking and biking. Steamboat Rock and Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Parks provides year-round activities including water and snow recreation. For the 4 wheeler, there are miles of off road trails and sand dune hills. Don't forget the spectacular laser light show in the summer.

Bicycling

There is an enjoyable 6 mile downriver trail following the Columbia River.

Lakes and Rivers

Banks Lake
Located in the northern part of Grand Coulee, Banks Lake is a popular fishing spot with access to boat ramps. Anglers can catch Bass, Walleye, Rainbow Trout, Kokanee, Yellow Perch, Black Crappie, Bullhead and Whitefish. Other recreation includes camping, hiking, horseback riding, boating, hunting and interpretive programs.

Columbia River
The largest river in the Pacific Northwest is a popular place to fish for Salmon and Steelhead and of course for all the usual water activities such as boating and swimming.

Lake Roosevelt
This lake is great for fishing. Here you can catch over 30 species such as Walleye, Rainbow Trout, Kokanee, White Sturgeon, Yellow Perch, Burbot and Lake Whitefish. Bank fishing is permitted as long as you stay outside the designated swim areas and outside harbors. The designated swim areas range from primitive to more developed. Other popular activities include canoeing and kayaking, hiking, hunting and picnicking.

Rufus Woods Lake
Located upstream from Chief Joseph Dam, Rufus offers fishing opportunities for Kokanee, Rainbow Trout and Walleye. Other recreational activities include boating, camping and hiking.

Laser Light Show

Colorful lasers and music accompany the narrated story of the Grand Coulee Dam held in the summer evenings. This show has an updated version that has replaced the original version that has run since 1989. Discover why the dam was built and the effect it has had on the nearby communities.

Outdoor Recreation

Steamboat Rock State Park. 51052 Highway 155, Electric City, WA 99123. Phone: 509-633-1304; Reservations: 1-888-226-7688.

Steamboat Rock is located on Banks Lake 11 miles south of Electric City and 16 miles north of Coulee City. Open year-round, this park offers many water activities including freshwater boating, fishing, swimming and water skiing. There are over 10 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Wintertime offers Nordic skiing, ice fishing and Bald eagle viewing. A basketball court is featured on the shore. Two campground areas, protected from winds by tall dramatic poplars, are available.

Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park. 34875 Park Lake Road NE, Coulee City, WA 99115. Phone: 509-632-5583; Reservations: 1-888-226-7688.

Located 7 miles southwest of Coulee City, Sun Lakes-Dry Falls features amazing landscape formed by Ice Age floods. Stop by the Visitor Center to learn more about the unique geology. Deep Lake and Dry Falls Lake provides opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming and water skiing. There are 15 miles of trails for hiking and biking and over 150 campsites. Please note and be prepared for the possibility of heavy winds in this park.

Wildlife Refuge

Columbia Basin Wildlife Area - Banks Lake Unit
Located at the north end of Banks Lake, this wildlife area consists of Banks Lake, the man-made impoundment. Here you can see bald eagles in the winter, peregrine falcons, common loons, waterfowls, shorebirds, upland birds and songbirds. Deer and other small mammals are also found here. Find the location of the access sites and whether the site has a boat launch, toilet, campsites and information on handicap accessibility.

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